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50 billion barrels of oil deep beneath the ocean floor. And Brazil's Petrobras is going after it.

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posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 08:11 PM

(Reuters) - Brazilian state oil company Petrobras won shareholder approval on Tuesday for one of the world's largest stock offerings, which will finance ambitious plans to pump billions of barrels of oil from deep beneath the ocean floor.

The vote paves the way for Petrobras (PETR4.SA)(PETR3.SA) to issue as much as 150 billion reais ($84 billion) of new stock that has become the cornerstone of a plan to turn the country into a major energy exporter.

The capitalization plan further cements Brazil's determination to push ahead with the development of deep-water oil reserves that are seen as key to economic development, despite growing skepticism about offshore drilling sparked by BP's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Petrobras has the world's largest exploration and production investment budget for 2010 and is the world's leader in deep water offshore operations.


Replenishing Petrobras' capital base is crucial for the company's $224 billion five-year investment plan, which focuses on developing the subsalt region, an area deep beneath the ocean floor under a thick layer of salt that may hold 50 billion barrels of oil, according to industry estimates.

As I have shown in another thread, Petrobras is a world leader in deep water oil drilling and a pioneer as well, having developed its own technology to explore oil offshore.

About 87% of the oil explored by Petrobras comes from deep water and ultra deep waters. Some of those go even deeper than Deepwater Horizon.

Recently, Brazil has become self sufficient, producing enough oil so it doesn't have to import oil from any other country, anymore. Now, plans are to expand the oil production to begin to export oil to other countries.

Petrobras is now the 4th largest energy company in the world and it has an oil reserve of 15 billion barrels.

The exploration of the subsalt region is considered a key issue for the oil industry and Petrobras is one of the few pioneering in such exploration.



[edit on 22-6-2010 by henriquefd]

posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 08:29 PM

this can go very wrong...

posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 08:34 PM
reply to post by henriquefd

They should save their money and just run a hose out to the Gulf Of Mexico. No need to drill for it.

[edit on 22-6-2010 by Xeven]

posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 08:36 PM
reply to post by henriquefd

Brazil, Turkey Defy Washington on Iran Sanctions

I love how all news seems to tie together now days.

Give a Brazillian Company 2 Billion dollars to tap a massive reserve as punishment for not supporting the Administration on Iran sanctions!

**Sorry, fixed link

[edit on 22-6-2010 by AP-Chris]

posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 08:45 PM
Well, the goal is to make money. No faster way for Soros to make an even greater fortune than to gut US oil production and force importation from foreign sources.

Follow Washington policy by following how the politicians and their puppet masters make their money. Soros is an evil fu** and is the primary driver of the American left.

Soros is taking advantage of the spread between the two types of U.S.-listed Petrobras shares, said Luis Maizel, president of LM Capital Group LLC, which manages about $4 billion. The common shares were 21 percent more expensive than preferred today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Soros boosted his stake in oil company Hess Corp. to 5.1 million shares as of June 30 from 3.7 million at the end of the first quarter, according to the filing. Hess was Soros’s second- largest holding. He also added to stakes in Houston-based Plains Exploration & Production Co. and bought shares in Calgary-based Suncor Energy Inc. and InterOil Corp. in Sydney.

Soros’s company oversees about $24 billion. His Quantum Endowment Fund returned 9.3 percent in the second quarter. Hedge funds gained an average of 9.1 percent during the period, according to data compiled by Hedge Fund Research Inc. in Chicago. The filing doesn’t reflect the Soros’s holdings in cash or other securities.

Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros, declined to comment on the holdings.

Soros cut his stake in Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc., selling 4 million shares of the fertilizer producer while investing in Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed producer.

Soros’s biggest sale in the second quarter was his stake in ConocoPhillips, the second-largest U.S. refiner after he sold 4 million shares. The hedge fund also sold its stake in Macy’s Inc., the second-biggest U.S. department-store chain.

Soros reports 73.5% increase in Petrobras stake

Petrobras: Buy and Sit Tight Like Soros

posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 09:00 PM
Just for the sake of it, I'm going to copy/paste something I just said in the thread Obama ban on deepwater drilling overturned :

I just want to point out to the people earlier in the thread who were fresh off the Glenn Beck train and hopping mad about Obama cuddling up with Petrobras - it's completely untrue. The source of this blatant piece of disinformation originated from a silly chain email that somehow links Obama and taxpayer dollars to a commitment from the self-sustaining Export-Import Bank of the United States to Petrobras for a loan of up to $2billion in to finance exports. points out that at the time of this loan agreement no Obama appointees sat on the board of the bank, but two Bush appointees were present. Furthermore, George Soros sold five million of his shares of Petrobras months before an deal was reached, seriously discrediting any notion that this is an Obama-Soros generated conspiracy. In fact, the president of the Export-Import Bank fully expects the loan to work in favor of the US by leading to the purchasing of US goods and services. Not to mention the prospects of a close oil ally with America.


Interesting thread most certainly, and this up and coming company is getting a lot of buzz. Definitely something to watch in the coming months and years.

[edit on 22-6-2010 by Someone336]

posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 03:55 AM
reply to post by henriquefd

Yea, those companys will go right after it. Until two of them rips open another spill and cannot fix two at one time it fast enough before they toxicify the whole damn ocean.

posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 05:16 PM
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And to thank for this: George Soros, the Podesta Brothers, and Jack Squat Barry, who canNOT walk and talk, much less read from his teleprompter, without permission or tutelage from Soros. Be sure to send your "Thank you" cards to Crime, Inc.

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